The Irish Girl Guides, in existence since 1911 when the first Guide Unit was set up in Harold’s Cross, celebrated their Centenary in 2011.
he main event was a fun day for 6,500 girls and leaders held in Semple Stadium, Thurles. If you’ve never been involved in Guiding - or maybe you were but have lost touch over the years - there’s never been a better time to get involved!
The Irish Girl Guides is a uniquely girl-only, youth-driven, active and dynamic organisation, offering a varied and exciting programme for girls and young women aged 5-26, and opportunities for Leaders of all ages.
In an all-female organisation, the girls are free to progress and express themselves in a comfortable setting. They enjoy the activities as they can ‘just be girls’ without any pressures and learn to be themselves in a safe environment while learning the skills that will one day help them to be responsible citizens and adults.
There are seven Regions in the Irish Girl Guides, covering all 26 counties.
The Irish Girl Guides has four different age brackets:
Ladybirds - aged 5-7
Brownies - aged 6 ½ - 11
Guides - aged 10 ½ - 15
Senior Branch - aged 14 ½ - 26
And from the age of 18 onwards, you can be a Leader with the Irish Girl Guides.
There’s something for everyone!
Each section follows an age specific programme that’s educational but fun.
Girls in Guiding have the opportunity to:
Learn by doing their best
Grow in Self-Confidence
Learn New Skills
Form Close Friendships
Develop Teamwork Skills
Learn Life Skills
Try out great new activities
Gain new experiences
And most importantly, have lots of fun!
There is a strong emphasis on the outdoors, environment, community responsibility and teamwork. The girls’ self-esteem and leadership skills are developed as they progress through Guiding. The Irish Girl Guides actively promotes diversity and inclusion and welcomes girl and young women from all walks of life.
Volunteering with the Irish Girl Guides is a fun, challenging and rewarding experience. If you would like to help out by becoming a Leader in the Thurles area please contact Katie O’ Connell on 087-6875185 or alternatively contact National Office Dublin 01 6683898.